I started dancing salsa back when I was living in London, and after a long hiatus took it up again last year and was lucky to meet a group of real enthusiasts, led by a pair of dedicated teachers who go to clubs with their students every week. The clubs are all great, but El Son in central Madrid is my recommendation for rookie dancers as it’s small, central and not intimidating.
If you already dance, you’ll know that to get the most from a salsa club, you need at least a few moves. El Son offers beginners’ classes at the start of the night, so if you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out a few of these from 22:30 – 00:00 Monday to Thursday. If you know what you’re doing though, come late – things in Madrid salsa clubs don’t really kick off much before midnight.
Salsa is sociable, equalizing and endorphine-izing. Although the clubs stay open until the early hours of the morning, they aren’t about drinking so much as dancing the night away. For many people who start, salsa becomes a passion. As well as salsa, you can try some sensual bachata from the Dominican Republic or kizomba from Angola.
Check out what’s on; often there’s a live band. Prices vary depending on the day, the time and your gender – yup, sorry guys; you may have to pay more than the ladies. However the entry price often includes a mixed drink.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes!